Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Authorteer Interview #2 ~ Marie Landry

Hi and thanks for stopping by! The other Authorteers and I are kicking things off with a few intro posts this week so you can get to know us. Be sure to check out Molli's post from yesterday and stay tuned to get to know Lilly and Jessica better later this week.

Tell us about yourself.

I’m known as a daydreamer who lives in her own little world. You can usually find me reading, writing, blogging, taking pictures, spending time with my family (I’m the proud auntie of three crazy little munchkins) or marathon-watching TV shows. I love to travel, and I’ve been lucky enough to do a fair bit of it, mostly in Canada and the States, but I also got to spend a week and a half in France when I was 17. It’s been a long time since I’ve travelled further than a few hours away, but this summer I finally get to have an epic travel adventure to Europe with a friend I’ve known for 25 years. It’s currently consuming a good chunk of my thoughts, along with ideas for all the fun, romantic stories I plan to write with European settings. ;-)

Tell us about your books.
My books - Blue Sky Days, The Game Changer, The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, Waiting for the Storm, After the Storm, and Take Them by Storm - are a mixture of YA, NA, and Adult books with a strong emphasis on self-discovery, family, friendship, and love. I enjoy exploring relationships, whether it’s between friends, family members, or lovers, so that’ll always be an important part of my books.

What made you decide to become a writer?

It’s something I’ve always done, and always known I wanted to do. I’ve been making up stories since before I could even write, so it was a natural thing for me. My path wasn’t a direct one; I took Early Childhood Education in college before taking a 2-year writing course, and I worked several different jobs before deciding to write professionally. I got my start writing articles for various sites and online magazines, then branched out to short stories, and finally started writing novels again, something I’d loved doing in my teens and early twenties. Writing is as natural to me as breathing - it’s something I need to do.

How do you come up with your ideas? Where do you get your inspiration?
I get inspiration everywhere - conversations (I’m an unapologetic eavesdropper - occupational hazard), TV shows, movies, books, general life observations. The tiniest seed of an idea will turn into snippets of dialogue, character descriptions, plot ideas, etc. Sometimes it takes awhile for a story to come together, and other times a whole story will unfold in my mind.

What are you working on right now?
I’m working on a project I started about a year and a half ago. I wrote 2/3 of the book, then set it aside because I didn’t know where it was going. I wrote two other books in the meantime, and then decided it was time to get back to that story. It’s called Something in the Air, and it’s a contemporary New Adult about finding yourself, falling in love, and chasing your dreams.

What are some of your favorite genres, books, and authors?

I have really eclectic reading tastes, and will read just about anything. Contemporary is my go-to genre (Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult), but I also love historic fiction, fantasy, paranormal, science fiction, and mystery. Some of my favourite authors: JK Rowling, Stephanie Perkins, Sarah Addison Allen, Veronica Rossi, Susanna Kearsley, Lia Riley, AC Gaughen, AG Howard, Jessi Kirby, Miranda Kenneally, Sarah Dessen, Victoria Schwab, Morgan Matson, and Jeaniene Frost. 

What book(s) are you reading right now?

I’m reading Rebound by Noelle August (contemporary NA) and A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller (YA historic fiction).

Blue Sky Days {GoodReads}
The Game Changer {GoodReads}
The Most Wonderful Time of the Year {GoodReads}
Waiting for the Storm {GoodReads}
After the Storm {GoodReads}
Take Them by Storm {GoodReads}

1 comment:

  1. Check out that list of female fav authors you've got going on! Glad to stop by on this new adventure of yours :)